We cannot thank Phil enough for his personal, professional and honest support in our house extension. When it comes to something so close to you, you need to have experts around that you can trust in. We can sincerely say that Phil would not let you down. He listened to our needs and gave us valuable and honest advice, which we are truly grateful for. We are so thankful that we found Phil to help us achieve our dream home. We thoroughly recommend him to all.
Adrian Snelius - Moss Lane Bramhall
We bought a forever home on the border of Cheadle Hulme/Bramhall with my growing family. We instantly fell in love with its period charm and beautiful plot. We have two young children and the house simply isn’t large enough for us. Luckily the plot is. Having no previous building experience we called Philip for a meeting at our home and instantly he put us at ease with his knowledge, great ideas and a similar vision for the house. I liked that he lives locally and his computer renders made the whole process easy to follow. Philip never once complained at our many changes, 7 drafts I recall. We obtained planning the first time which Philip did all the paperwork for on approximately 180sq m extension and are planning to go ahead soon. I would not hesitate to recommend Philip to anyone needing help with their home.
David Pickup - Alton Rd Wilmslow
We contacted Phil @ Plans and Planning when we decided to look at a full loft conversion, after numerous discussions it came apparent that if we were to go ahead with this, then we needed to take the whole roof off and start from scratch, within days Phil presented us with full 3d online visuals of what we could do and what it would look like, throughout the project Phil has always been on hand to answer any queries or sort planning issues out with the local council, the project is now finished and I have to say, it’s amazing!!. I would not hesitate in using Plans and Planning again or to recommend him to anyone else.
Billy Myers - Barn Conversion
“We applied for planning permission to convert an old agricultural building into a dwelling. The building had some historic significance so it was important that we made the most of the space whilst preserving the character. Phil came up with an innovative design that we were delighted with. He incorporated some contemporary elements key to modern living, whilst maintaining the character that conservation officer was keen to preserve. The finished designs looked great and enabled us to get a good appreciation of what the building could look like when completed”.
Bruce Taylor - Rear Extension in Cheadle
Selected Plans and Planning after consulting 3 Architects and assessing what they could provide.
Phil proved to be an excellent choice. From his first visit, he quickly understood what we were trying to do with our proposed extension. He then used appropriate technology to provide plans that we could easily see and comment on online without having to wait for paper copies together with helpful comments and suggestions at each stage of the process. This ultimately resulted in the delivery of a set of fully approved plans.
He has provided a thorough and comprehensive service throughout the process. Would highly recommend him to anyone looking to set out on the journey of adding any extension to their property and requiring a professional planning service.
Mike and Sally Kennedy - Old Telephone Exchange
I first came across Phil’s work when visiting a potential building contractor and was immensely impressed with the level of detail contained in the working drawings. At the first opportunity I invited Phil to visit the project and he immediately put me at ease with his knowledge and offered endless suggestions and most welcome cost saving ideas. The drawings were accurate, on time and realistically priced and reflected exactly what we had asked for. Going the extra mile Phil recommended a contractor for us to consider at tender and we ultimately chose the contractor and the result is excellent. Great job all round
Mike and Sally Kennedy Courtyard Homes property development.
Winner – Coutts Award for Best Home over 1m
Northern Property Awards 2008 Winner – Best Luxury Development Award
Northern Design Awards With Concept for Living Magazine 2008 Winner
Built in Quality Award’ from Macclesfield Borough Council 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Winner
Best in Cheshire Award’ for Quality from Macclesfield Borough Council 2007, 2008
Nick Tomlinson - Large home in Wilmslow
Phil After researching a number of local Architectural Practices, we are now delighted that we chose to work with Plans and Planning. This is certainly due to the approach you took in the first instance, and not least because you quickly understood our family needs and this was borne in mind throughout the project. The use of 3D plans and visuals made the initial and final plans come alive. The ability for us to communicate with you and make requests for changes online made the entire process very efficient and ultimately successful. Overall you have delivered exactly what we wanted within a clear and appropriate budget and would certainly recommend you to our friends. Thank you again !
Bob Moody - Extend in the Green Belt
As I work in the construction industry I am used to working with building drawings, however I found the quality of the plans from Plans & Planning to be exceptional both in clarity and detail. The service was also first class with a speedy response and details arrived on time – as promised. I am sure the professional presentation helped with a planning application for a large extension that was beyond normal permitted development, and I have no hesitation in recommending this company to prospective clients. Bob Moody Operations Manager Hillcrest Homes Ltd
Marcia Halpern - Carwood Rd
Hi Phillip, We have been delighted with your work and the house looks brilliant. We would highly recommend you to everyone for your ideas and your ability to listen to exactly what we wanted. Many thanks once again for all your help and advice. Marcia Marcia Halpern
Chris Banfield - Rear sun room
As we have now successfully completed our extension project, I would just like to thank you for the quality and professional service you provided. Our contractors were very impressed with the detail provided on the plans you delivered and I appreciated the manner in which you handled the limited unforeseen changes that had to be made during the build. Best Regards Chris
Dr. John Casson - Sun Room and Sauna
It was nice to see you and your wife the other day.
We decided to build an extension on the side of the house and wanted to find an architect whom we could trust. We invited five architects to the house to offer their services. What was immediately apparent was that Philip Kirk was head and shoulders above the other four. We, therefore, chose him. On his first visit after we gave him the work, Philip proved his skill by drawing the entire house on his computer so that it could be rotated and looked at from different points of view. He took my instructions and produced a clear plan. When this was rejected by the Planning Authorities on a technicality, he redesigned it to get it passed. He had to explain things to me as I had never done anything like this before and I needed his clear explanations. He always answered my e-mails within a couple of days, often sooner. He completed his work efficiently and with great clarity. The plans were excellent and the builders were able to interpret them to achieve an excellent result. I would recommend Philip with the proviso that if you have never done anything like this before you ask him lots of questions and be sure to keep a record of his answers as I am sure I asked him the same question more than once. You can be confident that he will produce excellent plans and help guide you through planning.
Ian Kennedy - Cranleigh Drive Stockport Re-Model
Overall: Very satisfied with your work, and met the goal of achieving building regs approval with relatively little fuss
Professional approach, and clearly laid out quotation.
You listened well to our needs and provided good suggestions for the plans during the initial phase, especially with regards to what planning considerations would be taken into account by the council.
The interactive website really helped us visualise the end result and we were impressed by how responsive you were in amending/revising the drawings.
Overall, the planning phase went very smoothly, and you explained the process to us in a way that we could understand, which was well received.
The other positive aspect was the availability of hard copies of the plans and offer to provide pdf’s to prospective builders. Good customer service. Considerations for future projects
Building regs phase seemed to take longer than anticipated, in part because we were thinking too far ahead at detailed specification level, whereas we now understand that this is not relevant to the building regs process. This seemed to result in confusion on our side, and some frustration for you. Maybe a face to face meeting at that stage would have helped resolve this issue quicker than bouncing emails and calls, and enable the application to be submitted sooner.
The building regs application itself stalled as Cheshire East had sent an internal memo to Stockport Council recommending approval, but this was not acted upon until I phoned them up myself. That said I understand that this is more of a bandwidth issue at the council rather than a reflection of the work made by yourself, but maybe something to watch for on future projects
Again, overall we were very satisfied with your efforts and the successful outcome of this phase of the project.
Clive Woods - Remodel and Extend in Cheadle Hulme
Phil has provided us with a first-rate service and helped us to navigate through the planning and building control processes. He provided invaluable advice and tips that helped us to decide the best design for our project. Phil’s drawings, both at the planning and building control stages, were of the highest quality – using a 3D design package that produced photorealistic drawings, enabling us to visualise the finished project. The detailed notes and specifications included in the drawings meant that builders could provide accurate quotations that could be compared on a like-for-like basis. All in all, a high-quality service at a very reasonable price.
Mr & Mrs Woods, Cheadle Hulme
Anne Bowler - Compstall Rd Romiley
Your design has been planned to carefully match the brief we gave you. We are pleased with how the layout maximises the use of space and light and feel that your plans clearly illustrate the functionality and usability of the new design.
Luciano Nardo - Barn Conversion Mobberely
We would like to thank you for your professionalism and attention to details during the project to convert our barn. Your always prompt replies and clear explanations gave us a great deal of confidence throughout the process from design to gain planning permission and construction. We would certainly recommend you to anyone who wants to do any building work in the house.
Luciano G. Nardo, MD MRCOG
Mandy Fazelania - Re-model in Wilmslow
Phil offers a fantastic planning service offering insights and advice to enhance your home. Throughout the planning process, Phil is approachable and adaptable when changes are required and takes the headache of dealing with the Local Authority planning department away. I have no hesitation in recommending Phil when considering improving your home.
Mandy Fazelania – Bollin Hill, Wilmslow
Chris Arnold - Warrington
Thanks for all the work you have done it has been a pleasure working with you everything we have asked for you have delivered on time and to an exceptional quality would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who undertakes building works they can feel free to contact me and see work done
We are very happy to recommend you to anyone else who is considering planning work based on your professionalism and excellent contact
Brian Heap - Underground Garage
Working with Phil is easy and stress-free. His relaxed style and knowledge together with his software mean that ideas are developed in partnership and fully understood by everyone. It was always easy to talk to him and we never felt under any pressure to make a decision before we were happy with the concepts and drawings.
Adrian Moreley - Victorian house in Conservation area
“What Phil has delivered is amazing. He created an intricately detailed 3D model of our large detached Victorian house within a week of the site survey and, using this as a baseline, he turned around several iterations of the proposed extensions (a loft, kitchen and basement, with some internal remodelling) in under two weeks. He’s done more than visualise our ideas for the house – he’s turned our living requirements into a much better thought out design solutions. And because it’s brought to life in 3D we’ve got confidence that it’ll work for us. I am looking forward to working with Phil as we progress from design to build and I would highly recommend him.”
Having had initial thoughts for a ground floor extension and having no experience of how to go about the process we chose Plans & Planning from the information on their website. We are glad we did as Phil Kirk was excellent and thorough throughout our dealings with him and he provided detailed plans ensuring planning approval was granted. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone requiring guidance through the planning process.
“A big thank you to Phil for the uncomplicated support in applying for change of use planning permission. We would not hesitate to recommend his service”
We have been very pleased with the service provided by Phil Kirk at Plans and Planning and would recommend him without hesitation. The plans Phil produced on the basis of our initial ideas for a ground floor extension and loft/dormer conversion were of an extremely high quality and enabled us to envisage the finished result easily. Phil was always obliging to deal with and was particularly prompt in his responses to my numerous queries and was happy to attend to various amendments to the plans within a short time frame. Phil kept us informed throughout the planning application process and has been a pleasure to deal with.
“The first of two projects using Plans and Planning is now in construction and the second is successfully through Planning.
From the start of the first project my family has appreciated Phil’s patience and expertise as he guided us through the planning process whilst also taking on board our own quite specific requirements.
We had no hesitation on using him again on another property or in recommending his services.
The detailing and presentation of the drawings, especially in 3d, has made it easy for us to imagine how our house would look when completed, and to feel that we were included in the whole design process.
Following planning we were quickly provided with the detailed drawings and calculations needed to obtain Building Regulation approval and to be able to seek competitive quotes.”
Neil & Diane Dolan
Many thanks for your service.
We would happily use you again and are happy to recommend Plans and Planning
Neil & Diane Dolan
Paul Allsop BEng CEng MICE
Build is 100% complete and decorators/finishes (flooring etc) are ongoing. We are moving back in tonight!
We are very pleased with the outcome in the end.
We first contacted Phil Kirk in January 2010 to discuss the possibility of extending a 1960’s characterless bungalow that we were purchasing on a sizeable plot. Phil was quick to grasp our ideas but also willing to offer advice and design options we had not considered (including making sure that the finished house didn’t have that extended look!). Most importantly, his patience has proved invaluable as we worked through lots of iterations before finally settling on a design as we kept on changing our minds! Once planning was submitted Phil doggedly chased the Council to get the planning decision. He was also swift in providing us with full construction drawings (pre – planning approval) and providing all the detail needed to enable us to tender the job to several building companies to ensure we could commence work as soon as planning was approved. Since work on our home started he has been in regular touch with the builders – his work has not just ended with the plans submitted. Whilst the building is not yet finished, we are very excited by the space and design that has been created.
Through the process, we have come to know him well and because of his trustworthiness, support and calm reassurance, we would not hesitate to recommend Phil and have already recommended him to 3 friends who are also looking to extend/redesign.
“Thanks to Phil we got planning permission for our loft conversion first time with very little hassle. From initial consultation to final drawings he listened to our requirements and was flexible, knowledgable and very easy to deal with. I will certainly be using him for our full plans and application to Building Control.”
Dr Yenkong Ngangjoh-Hodu
I was pleased with your professionalism although the process ended up to be more awkward than I had thought. I will undoubtedly not hesitate to come back to you in the near future or recommend you to someone else.
Dr Yenkong Ngangjoh-Hodu
School of Law
Congratulations and our warmest thanks to you!
I’ve just checked our application on the Trafford planning website and
am extremely pleased to see that it has been approved with conditions.
We chose Plans and Planning because we were impressed by their previous work, and weren’t disappointed. Initial plans were drawn up in a timely manner and we were led through the planning process, being given invaluable advice along the way. The same was true of the Buildings Regulations application. Although we wanted to add items to the drawings which weren’t specifically required for Building Control, nothing was too much trouble.
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‘ Phil at Plans and Planning has provided a quick and efficient service…his drawings are very easy to work with, particularly because
everything can be done electronically between client and architect. This is an excellent way of working especially when making revisions to drawings.
The whole process has been extremely professional and I have been very impressed at the quick turnaround of drawings.
I would recommend him without hesitation.
Phil kept us fully upto speed with developments with clear explanations and advice where necessary.
I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone else seeking plans for home improvements/extensions.
Glyn and Jane Edwards. Poynton. February 2010`
Phil promptly visited us and had initial plans drawn up in a week. We have made a number of changes since, all of which have been dealt with without delay.